Anticipating relocation: Concerns about moving among NORC residents

Brian D. Carpenter, Dorothy F. Edwards, Joseph G. Pickard, Janice L. Palmer, Susan Stark, Peggy S. Neufeld, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Margaret A. Perkinson, John C. Morris

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Most older adults prefer to live at home as long as possible, requiring supports and services to help them age in place. This study examines the relocation concerns of a group of older adults in a suburban naturally-occurring retirement community (NORC). Twenty-six percent of the 324 residents interviewed expressed concern about having to move in the next few years. Residents who were worried differed from those who did not worry on a number of demographic and biopsychosocial characteristics. Overall, residents present a profile of vulnerability that calls for preemptive action to help them stay in their homes. A NORC is an ideal setting in which to provide supportive services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-184
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Housing
  • NORC
  • Relocation


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